A Federal High Court sitting in Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta, Ogun State capital has ordered the immediate release of an Islamic cleric in the custody of Department of State Security Services, DSS, Abdul-Ganiyy Ibrahim-Jimoh, declaring his arrest unconstitutional, illegal and abuse of his human rights.
Delivering judgement yesterday in a case brought before her by the Prisoners Right Advocacy Initiative, PRAI, Justice FOG Ogunbanjo held that the continuous detention of the applicant since 5th of July, 2014 without trial was against the provisions of the constitution.
The cleric, alongside his pregnant wife, Muinat Ibrahim-Jimoh were arrested in his Ijoko-Ota residence.
His wife who was released last September when her expected delivery date, EDD was approaching‎, gave information on the whereabouts of her husband.
Both the Director-General of DSS and the Attorney General of the Federation were joined as 2nd and 3rd respondents respectively in the case with suit number FHC/AB/C8/84/2014.
The DSS did not deny the arrest of the two suspects but argued that they were being investigated on terrorism related offences.
The complainants, through their counsel, Hammed Adetola-Kazeem, had filed a notice before the court seeking an order declaring the arrest and detention as illegal, immediate release of the suspect, N300 million damages amongst other prayers.
The Judge held that, although all security operatives are guaranteed by the constitution to investigate anyone, they lacked the power to detain arbitrarily.
She said, “The DSS did not deny the arrest of the applicants and subsequent arrest of the 2nd applicant but denied all other allegations contained in the motion.”
She also awarded N1, 000,000 damage to the Applicants and directed the DSS to comply with the provision of the constitution on the public apology as prayed.A Federal High Court sitting in Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta, Ogun State capital has ordered the immediate release of an Islamic cleric in the custody of Department of State Security Services, DSS, Abdul-Ganiyy Ibrahim-Jimoh, declaring his arrest unconstitutional, illegal and abuse of his human rights.
Delivering judgement yesterday in a case brought before her by the Prisoners Right Advocacy Initiative, PRAI, Justice FOG Ogunbanjo held that the continuous detention of the applicant since 5th of July, 2014 without trial was against the provisions of the constitution.
The cleric, alongside his pregnant wife, Muinat Ibrahim-Jimoh were arrested in his Ijoko-Ota residence.
His wife who was released last September when her expected delivery date, EDD was approaching‎, gave information on the whereabouts of her husband.
Both the Director-General of DSS and the Attorney General of the Federation were joined as 2nd and 3rd respondents respectively in the case with suit number FHC/AB/C8/84/2014.
The DSS did not deny the arrest of the two suspects but argued that they were being investigated on terrorism related offences.
The complainants, through their counsel, Hammed Adetola-Kazeem, had filed a notice before the court seeking an order declaring the arrest and detention as illegal, immediate release of the suspect, N300 million damages amongst other prayers.
The Judge held that, although all security operatives are guaranteed by the constitution to investigate anyone, they lacked the power to detain arbitrarily.
She said, “The DSS did not deny the arrest of the applicants and subsequent arrest of the 2nd applicant but denied all other allegations contained in the motion.”
She also awarded N1, 000,000 damage to the Applicants and directed the DSS to comply with the provision of the constitution on the public apology as prayed.A Federal High Court sitting in Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta, Ogun State capital has ordered the immediate release of an Islamic cleric in the custody of Department of State Security Services, DSS, Abdul-Ganiyy Ibrahim-Jimoh, declaring his arrest unconstitutional, illegal and abuse of his human rights.
Delivering judgement yesterday in a case brought before her by the Prisoners Right Advocacy Initiative, PRAI, Justice FOG Ogunbanjo held that the continuous detention of the applicant since 5th of July, 2014 without trial was against the provisions of the constitution.
The cleric, alongside his pregnant wife, Muinat Ibrahim-Jimoh were arrested in his Ijoko-Ota residence.
His wife who was released last September when her expected delivery date, EDD was approaching‎, gave information on the whereabouts of her husband.
Both the Director-General of DSS and the Attorney General of the Federation were joined as 2nd and 3rd respondents respectively in the case with suit number FHC/AB/C8/84/2014.
The DSS did not deny the arrest of the two suspects but argued that they were being investigated on terrorism related offences.
The complainants, through their counsel, Hammed Adetola-Kazeem, had filed a notice before the court seeking an order declaring the arrest and detention as illegal, immediate release of the suspect, N300 million damages amongst other prayers.
The Judge held that, although all security operatives are guaranteed by the constitution to investigate anyone, they lacked the power to detain arbitrarily.
She said, “The DSS did not deny the arrest of the applicants and subsequent arrest of the 2nd applicant but denied all other allegations contained in the motion.”
She also awarded N1, 000,000 damage to the Applicants and directed the DSS to comply with the provision of the constitution on the public apology as prayed.


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